BDC Theatre College is a private specialist performing arts school based just outside Bath.
BDC offers a vocational training course that prepares students to take the next step towards a career in the performing arts industry. Alongside foundation training, the course includes a BTEC level 3 extended diploma in performing arts (equivalent to three A levels).
The course includes intensive training in a variety of dance and musical theatre genres. A maximum of 25 students are offered a place each year and with 35 hours of classes each week, students develop the skill, stamina and discipline required for higher level training or professional work.
BDC has seen great success in recent years with 100 percent of students that auditioned last year going on to secure places at some of the country’s leading drama, musical theatre and dance schools including: Laine Theatre Arts, Urdang Academy, Bird College, GSA (Guildford School of Acting) and Mountview Academy of Performing Arts.
BDC Theatre College was created following the retirement of professional dancer and current Artistic Director George Hill and is based in recently refurbished Victoria Hall which boasts five light and airy dance studios and an in-house studio theatre.
Coming originally from Bath, George trained at the Royal Ballet School in London before going on to dance with the Dutch National Ballet and the Dresden Semperoper Ballet in Germany, as a soloist. Only able to train himself due to receiving a full scholarship, George appreciated what a fantastic opportunity he had been given – without which he would never have been able to pursue the career of his dreams.
Upon returning to England, George got together with other performing industry professionals and set about trying to create an affordable yet professional course in which students could experience the same level of training and opportunities that they had been fortunate enough to receive, and so BDC Theatre College was born. Supported by some of the country’s most celebrated performers, BDC offers an affordable full time vocational performing arts course for talented individuals regardless of their financial situation. With large scholarships available this private course is accessible to all talent. Taught by ex and current industry professionals, students are exposed to the highest level of training.
“Coming from Bath it was my ambition to provide an accessible, affordable, professional training facility in the South West of the country. With professional vocational performing arts / drama schools primarily only existing in London or the north of England, students from the region now have an opportunity to access training on their doorstep.
I was very lucky to receive funding for my training at the Royal Ballet School. Having this funding really changed my life and enabled me to follow my dreams and pursue a career within the arts.
Being a dancer is the most amazing job. It enabled me to travel, see the world and do something that I love for a living. Everyone should be given the chance to follow their dreams no matter what their situation. It is an honour to be involved in such an amazing venture which is going to give generations of talented young people the same life changing opportunities that I was fortunate enough to receive”.
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